WINTER SQUASH (Cucurbita moschata) — America, a diverse landrace winter squash derived from a single fruit gifted to us from a Burmese friend and urban farmer here in Kansas City. Our friend grew the variety at the New Roots for Refugees training farm in Kansas City, Kansas, where approximately 20 refugee farmers are taught how to grow and run a farm business in the Midwest—the program does great work, check them out and support them. The variety was cross-pollinated by numerous other winter squash at the farm and this is what resulted. We named the variety ‘America’ as it is a mirror of a true strength in American culture, our diversity. Diversity is a foundation of resiliency and is thus an essential component of developing sustainable and/or regenerative systems. United we stand! - The Buffalo Seed Company
The Buffalo Seed Company supplies growers in the Midwest with locally adapting horticulture and crop seeds to increase the resiliency and sustainability of our local food systems. The Company was launched by Matthew & Nancy Kost in October, 2018. Nancy is from the Altiplano of Bolivia and grew up growing quinoa, potato, and llamas in a resilient and sustainable system that predates the Inca Empire. She has since acquired a bachelor degree in agronomy from Earth University in Costa Rica, a Master of Science Degree in tomato breeding from The Ohio State University. Matthew is originally from Kansas City and has returned after obtaining a Bachelor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Kansas, a Ph.D. in Evolutionary Agroecology from The Ohio State University, and Postdoctoral degree in conserving amaranth and quinoa landraces in Peru. Matthew and Nancy have extensive farming experience throughout the Americas and have deep knowledge and wisdom of seeds, seed systems, evolution, ecology, and adaptation.
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